CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant.
Of these 113 cannabinoids, CBD and THC are the most popular, and as of late, the former has officially reached stardom.
There are several methods of extracting CBD from the cannabis plant. While some of these methods are safer and possibly more effective than others, they all have their advantages and disadvantages.
As you have already deducted from the name, this method leverages carbon dioxide under shallow temperatures and high pressure to isolate CBD, preserving, and maintaining the purity of the oil.
The end product from this process is one of the safest, highly potent, and even free from chlorophyll. The only drawback is that it requires expensive equipment and a steep operational learning curve.
This is quite a simple procedure, yet it creates high-quality cannabis oil, suitable for use in vape pen cartridges, among other products. The downside is that plant waxes that might also have health benefits are destroyed in the process.
Olive oil provides one of the safest and yet inexpensive methods for extracting CBD. You don’t risk starting any fire with this method. Too good right?
Here’s the only catch, CBD-dominant cannabis-infused olive oil or THC-rich oil—is perishable! Therefore, you should do your due diligence and keep it in a cool, dark place.
The resulting concentrated substance from all these methods is what manufacturers then infuse into the food or drinks to make edibles. The majority of industrial-scale manufacturers extract their CBD from hemp, due to its naturally high CBD and lower THC ratio. Because of this moderate THC level, hemp CBD edibles are allowed in the U.K. and several other countries.